Monday November 19 2012

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012

VIGIL FOR LITTLE BOY

DOZENS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED A VIGIL IN ALTOONA LAST NIGHT IN MEMORY OF 3 YEAR OLD DARREL ETCHISON JUNIOR WHO DIED IN AN ARSON FIRE THURSDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY 62 YEAR OLD AARON DISHONG SET A DUPLEX ON FIRE AT 113 SECOND STREET BECAUSE HE MISTAKENLY THOUGHT HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND WAS STAYING THERE. DARREL’S MOTHER, BRANDY ETCHISON, REMAINS IN A COMA IN A PITTBURGH HOSPITAL. DISHONG IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON, FACING HOMICIDE CHARGES.

FATAL FIRE IN INDIANA COUNTY

FIRE HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF AN INDIANA COUNTY MAN. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT LAST NIGHT AT A TRAILER IN THE 200 BLOCK OF LINCOLN AVENUE IN THE CHEVY CHASE SECTION OF WHITE TOWNSHIP. THE VICTIM WAS IDENTIFIED AS 36 YEAR OLD STEPHEN BREWER. NO WORD YET WHAT STARTED THE FIRE.

ACCUSED KILLER RETURNED TO SOMERSET COUNTY

23-YEAR-OLD JONATHAN BEAL OF MEYERSDALE WAS EXTRADITED AND RETURNED TO SOMERSET COUNTY OVER THE WEEKEND TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER. POLICE SAY BEAL STRANGLED HIS GIRLFRIEND, 19 YEAR OLD JUSTINE JACKSON, AND BURIED HER BODY IN A SHALLOW GRAVE NEAR A HIKING TRAIL. JACKSON DISAPPEARED MORE THAN 6 WEEKS BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN REPORTED MISSING. FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS SAY SHE HAD TOLD THEM SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH BEAL’S CHILD. HE WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK IN A NEW ORLEANS SUBURB.

TODDLER BURNED

A 22 MONTH OLD BOY RETURNED TO HIS MOTHER SATURDAY WITH BURNS FOLLOWING AN OVERNIGHT VISIT WITH HIS FATHER…AND NOW STATE POLICE IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY ARE CALLING IT AN AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. TROOPERS SAY THE TODDLER HAD SECOND DEGREE BURNS ON HIS RECTUM, BUTTOCKS, AND LEGS. HIS MOTHER TOOK HIM TO THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED. POLICE SAY THE SUSPECTS ARE A MAN AND WOMAN IN THEIR EARLY 30'S AND THEY LIVE AT A HOUSE IN BIGLER TOWNSHIP.

7 FAMILY MEMBERS INVOLVED IN CRASH

IN CENTRE COUNTY SUNDAY MORNING, 7 MEMBERS OF A SPRING MILLS FAMILY WERE INVOLVED IN A ROLLOVER CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 144 IN POTTER TOWNSHIP. STATE POLICE SAY A 17 YEAR OLD GIRL DRIFTED OFF THE ROAD, THEN OVER-CORRECTED…RAN INTO A DITCH…AND ROLLED OVER TWICE. ONE BOY WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED TO GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER IN DANVILLE. SUZETTE DONE AND 2 OTHER CHILDREN HAD MODERATE INJURIES. CRAIG DONE AND ANOTHER CHILD SUFFERED JUST MINOR INJURIES…AND ONE 15 YEAR OLD GIRL WAS UNHURT.

CHEERLEADER RECOVERING BACK IN HER HOME STATE

PENN STATE CHEERLEADER PAIGE ROQUE FLEW BACK TO HER HOME STATE OF KENTUCKY YESTERDAY TO CONTINUE REHAB. SHE FELL 5 STORIES OUT OF A STATE COLLEGE APARTMENT BUILDING WINDOW LAST MONTH. THE 19 YEAR OLD SUFFERED A BROKEN PELVIS AND A SEVERE BRAIN INJURY. POLICE RULED THE FALL AN ACCIDENT.

DEER ARE VERY ACTIVE

IT GETS DARK EARLIER NOW AND PENNDOT IS REMINDING MOTORISTS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DEER. DEER ARE MOST ACTIVE DURING THEIR BREEDING SEASON AND PARTICULARLY BETWEEN SUNSET AND SUNRISE. HUNTING SEASON ALSO INCREASES THEIR MOVEMENT. PENNDOT STATISTICS SHOW NEARLY HALF OF ALL REPORTABLE CRASHES IN OUR AREA INVOLVING DEER, IN THE PAST 5 YEARS, OCCURRED IN THE MONTHS OF OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER. NEARLY 85 PERCENT OF THOSE WRECKS TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 5PM AND 7AM. SINCE 2007, THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 13-HUNDRED CRASHES INVOLVING DEER THAT HAVE RESULTED IN 425 INJURIES AND 7 FATALITIES IN THE 6 COUNTY REGION. TO REPORT A DEAD DEER ON A STATE ROAD, CALL 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

CAR SEAT CHECKUP EVENT TODAY

STATE POLICE ARE OFFERING A SERIES OF CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS STATEWIDE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFI SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN THROUGH DECEMBER 2ND. ONE EVENT IS SCHEDULED TODAY FROM 5 TO 7PM AT CATERPILLAR CORNER DAYCARE IN TYRONE. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA’S SEATBELT AND CHILD SAFETY SEAT LAWS, YOU CAN VISIT buckleuppa.org

CHEAPER GAS

THANKSGIVING MEANS HITTING THE HIGHWAY FOR MANY OF US, AND THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR GAS DROPPED IN THE PAST 2 WEEKS. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LUNDBERG SURVEY, THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.47, DOWN JUST OVER 7 CENTS FROM NOVEMBER 2ND. ALTOONA-AREA DRIVERS ARE STILL FILLING UP FOR $3.69.

SHORTER HOURS AT ALTOONA SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE

CONGRESS REDUCED FUNDING AND THAT MEANS SHORTER HOURS AT THE ALTOONA SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE. STARTING TODAY, THE OFFICE WILL CLOSE A HALF HOUR EARLY. THEY WILL BE OPEN WEEK DAYS FROM 9 TILL 3. AND STARTING IN JANUARY, THE OFFICE WILL CLOSE EVERY WEDNESDAY AT NOON.